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Conservation Management Plan 2018 – 2023

On 5 – 6 March 2018, the BIOT Administration hosted a workshop in London to begin the process of developing a new Conservation Management Plan for the Territory. The workshop brought together scientists, academics, representatives from non-governmental organisations and experts on conservation management. The aim of the workshop was to …

Design a Stamp Competition for Children

Year of the Reef: Design a Stamp Competition 2018 is the Year of the Reef and to celebrate, we are running a competition for children aged 4 – 17 years old to design an official postage stamp for the British Indian Ocean Territory. The design theme is “Why are coral …

Chagossian Heritage Visit Feb 2018

Following two visits that took place towards the end of 2017, the third in the expanded programme of Chagossian heritage visits took place in mid-February. The programme of visits is primarily aimed at first generation Chagossians and offers an opportunity for them to visit the islands. This visit saw a …

November Chagossian Heritage Visit

Following the UK Government’s announcement in November 2016 that it would fund an expanded programme of visits for Chagossians to the British Indian Ocean Territory, the first such visit took place at the beginning of November 2017. This saw a group of 18 Chagossians, 11 from the UK and 7 from …

BIOT WRNS 100 Stamp Issue 28.11.17

On 28 November 2017, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration is releasing a set of three se-tenant pairs of stamps and a first day cover celebrating the centenary of the formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service. The stamps feature women in the Royal Navy today juxtaposed against WRENS throughout …

6th Darwin Plus Grant Round Open

The sixth round of the UK’s Darwin Plus grant scheme is now open. The closing date for applications is 10th October 2017. The aim of Darwin Plus is to help deliver long-term strategic outcomes for the natural environment in the UK’s Overseas Territories (OTs). Biodiversity in the OTs is globally …

BIOT Corals Stamp Issue 05.09.17

On 5 September 2017, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration is releasing a souvenir sheet of six stamps and a first day cover featuring several of the coral species found in the Territory. The species of BIOT coral featured in this issue are: Acropora cytherea (60p) Porites evermanni (£1.00) Turbinaria …

BIOT Megafauna Stamp Issue 08.06.17

On 8 June 2017 the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration is releasing a set of six stamps and a first day cover portraying marine megafauna: species that are all found in the Territory. The fish featured in this issue are: Sailfish Istiophorus platypterus (60p) Reef Manta Ray Manta alfredi (£1) Oceanic Whitetip Shark Carcharhinus longimanus (£1.50) …

WWI Aircraft Stamps Released 06.03.17

As part of the First World War Centenary, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration has released a set of six stamps, on 6 March 2017, depicting aircraft used by Britain during WWI. The six planes we have chosen to cover the period of the war and also the different usages are: …

Turtle Stamp Issue Released 16.11.16

On 16 November we are releasing an issue of stamps depicting the two species of turtle that are found in BIOT and celebrates the conservation research that is being done there by Swansea (UK) and Deakin (Australia) Universities. The research group, led by Nicole Esteban (Swansea) and Graeme Hays (Deakin), is assessing …

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